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Carian Satrapy Drachm Minted Under Pixodaros - C.2066
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 340 BC to 334 BC

Collection: Numismatics
Style: Carian


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Obverse: Laureate Head of Apollo

Reverse: Zeus Labraundos Standing Holding a Labrys and a Spear

Caria is a region of southwestern Asia Minor, in modern day Turkey. The capital city was Halicarnassus, famed home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Pixodaros was a satrap of Persian controlled Caria who is historically noted for his ambitious plans to marry off his daughter to one of King Phillip II of Macedon’s sons, Arrhidaeus. Another of Phillip’s sons, Alexander, sent an envoy to Caria in order to suggest to Pixodaros that he should be the one to marry his daughter, not his foolish bastard brother. However, this plan was never actualized and Phillip berated Alexander for wanting a father-in-law who was a Carian and slave to a barbarian king.

How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or your purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after us. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and place, whether currency in the age we live or an artifact of a long forgotten empire. This stunning hand-struck coin reveals an expertise of craftsmanship and intricate sculptural detail that is often lacking in contemporary machine-made currencies. This coin is more than an artifact; it is a concrete remnant of an ancient empire passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation.
- (C.2066)

 

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